The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

devil and max devlin“You’re one of us now. Inhabitants of hell don’t cast reflections. ” – Barney Satin

Number of Times Seen – 3-5 times (cable in the 80’s and 19 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a man dies and goes to Hell, he makes a deal with the devil to return to Earth for two months as long as he convinces three innocent souls to sell their souls to the Devil.

My Take on it – This is yet another movie that I recalled enjoying as a kid on cable in the 80’s, and was quite curious to see what I would think of it watching now.

The best thing I can say about this movie is that it’s nice to see the collaboration between Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby.

The roles of both of them are not comedic enough as one would expect from them and it makes things less interesting because of it.

The plot *tries* to be comedic, but doesn’t work at all.

All in all, this film feels very mediocre or average and I once again wonder why I liked this as a kid. 🙂

Bottom Line – Nice to see Gould and Cosby working together, but the story itself feels very average and pretty mediocre. There is a failed attempt here to make this whole film feel very comedic or “light”, but that also doesn’t really work.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the UK ‘video nasty’ scare of the 1980’s anti-censorship journalist Liam T. Sanford wrote a false letter petitioning against this film to the Police Watch Committee, claiming the movie to be ‘sick and horrific’, in an attempt to discredit local police forces and expose their lack of film knowledge. Sure enough the film was briefly seized by officers from video retailers before being hastily returned to the shelves. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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